Justin Harris Partner

Meet Justin

Justin is an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in corporate advisory work with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions (both public and private).

He also regularly advises on equity fundraising, and corporate law and governance matters. Being based in WA, Justin's practice has a particular focus on resources companies and service providers to them.

For nearly 20 years, Justin presented the directors’ duties module of the Company Directors Course for the Australian Institute of Company Directors



Perenti Global

Advised on the $697 million acquisition of leading underground mining contractor Barminco from Gresham Private Equity and the associated $250 million fully underwritten equity raising.

Macmahon Holdings

Advised on its transaction with PT AMNT involving the acquisition of mining equipment in exchange for shares representing 44.3% of Macmahon’s capital and the award of a A$3.9 billion mining services contract in Indonesia.

Eastern Field Developments Limited

In the multiple Australian Takeovers Panel proceedings regarding Finders Resources Ltd and the subsequent Federal Court judicial review proceedings.

Programmed Maintenance Services Limited

Advised on its acquisition of SKILLED Group Limited by scheme of arrangement.

Apache Corporation

Advised on the sale of its Australian oil & gas business to a consortium of private equity funds managed by Macquarie Capital Limited and Brookfield Asset Management for US$2.1 billion to form Quadrant Energy (APAC Deal of the Year, Oil & Gas Council Awards 2016).

Norilsk Nickel Australia

Advised on the sale of various Australian projects, including the sale of its north eastern goldfields operations to Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited, and its Black Swan and Lake Johnston nickel projects to Poseidon Nickel Limited.


Listed as a leading lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2016 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Corporate Law and Corporate/Governance Practice
Best Lawyers Australia, 2014 - 2020
Recommended in Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A and Natural Resources Law
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Recommended as a Perth Corporate Lawyer
Doyle's Guide 2017

Career & qualifications


  • LLM, University of London (UCL)
  • LLB, Murdoch University


  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Law Council of Australia (Business Law Section, Corporations Committee)
  • Law Societies of WA and NSW

International experience

  • Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales 1998

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